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Five ways to make money from your baking without starting a cake business…

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Nila Holden

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So you’re a talented baker. You make the most amazing, delicious mouthwatering creations. You take great photos that get viral like attention when you upload them to your social media.

Your friends, family and colleagues are always telling you that you should find a way to make money from your talents. But how?

Here are 5 ideas I came up with after a quick brainstorm:

Work in a cake shop.
This is going to sound a bit obvious. But if you love baking cakes, love to see the pleasure that receiving your treats gives people & you’d love to be part of a team of baking & sugarcraft legends, maybe working in a cake shop would work for you? It would give you an unrivalled insight into what it’s like to run a cake business. An opportunity to develop your skills and you’d get paid for doing what you love.

Start a blog 
There are so many talented bakers who have set up amazing blogs to share their talents, skills, recipes etc with the world. Once the blog becomes established & has gained a reputation they are able to make money from sponsored posts, affiliate links, advertising and lots more.

Thanks to the likes of GBBO, baking is huge right now. So many people love to bake but don’t know how. There are many ways to make money from online tutorials. You could do a step by step of a recipe or cupcake design for example, with instructions & photographs and then create a downloadable pdf to sell via your website. Or you could film mini videos & set up a paid membership site.

Cake decorating classes 
Maybe you love the idea of teaching & sharing your knowledge in an actual real life situation where you get to meet & engage with people. How about running some paid classes? You could do this in a spare room at home. Or maybe hire a local venue like a church hall or a room in your local school at weekends or in the evenings.

Monetise your photography
Are you a dab hand at styling & photography as well as baking? Maybe you could take really lovely styled shots of your bakes and either sell the images. Or could you produce some beautiful gifts using the graphics? Like phone covers, greeting cards, merchandise that you could sell to baking fans. The advantages of doing this is that if you get the right set up. You could outsource most of the work. Or even work on a licensing set up where you supply the images to a company that does all the work to get the products out into the world and pays you a royalty or % fee.

So there you have it. 5 ways to make money from your bakes without having to go to the lengths of starting an actual cake business.

What do you think? Would any of these ideas work you? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

Nila x

For more information on launching or growing a business from your baking then visit my website or join my members only facebook group here.


About Nila Holden

I set up my boutique bakery back in 2012, creating decorative personalised cookies for special occasions. Having come from outside the industry, I wasn’t shackled by convention. I was able to come up with a signature design style evoking emotion through the use of romantic, whimsical floral designs with quirky lettering and beautifully styled packaging.

I have earned a reputation as one of the go-to cookie designers in the industry and developed an international following. I have gained listings with the top Food Halls in the country including Fortnum & Mason, Harrods & Selfridges and am regularly called upon to create one-off designs for high profile corporate clients. A highlight has been being commissioned to make biscuits for the Japanese Royal family and the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.

I love baking. I especially love the business of baking and provide advice, guidance and support to the next generation of baking/food businesses through my coaching and mentoring programmes. Whether you’re running an established food business or just starting out. I’d love to share the benefits of my experience with you to help you build a business that thrives. If you’d like to work with me then do get in touch to book a FREE 30 minute coaching call to see how I can help you.



  1. Hey Angie, thanks so much taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. Your new venture with your son sounds really exciting, I hope you’ll keep up posted. Look forward to hearing all about it 🙂 Nila x

  2. Morning Nila,
    I hope all is good.

    I just enjoyed reading your Ways of making money without baking.
    I found it very informative & useful so a Big Thank You.

    I’m in the process of working on a very exciting new business venture with my eldest son, so found your write up VERY HELPFUL

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